The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce recognized Goodwill Industries – Big Bend, Inc. as the 2012 Non-Profit of the Year at the annual Chamber Awards on Tuesday, May 8th. Goodwill was among three local non-profit organizations nominated as finalists.
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100 Years of Giving: 1902-2002
Goodwill Industries all around the world celebrated the organization’s rich 100-year history and the five million lives touched by our programs and services. Goodwill’s founder, Edgar J. Helms, has been recognized for this accomplishment in a very special way. The National Park Service has created a new national monument called “The Extra Mile Volunteer Pathway”, inaugurated by President George W. Bush. The monument features hand-sculpted bronze medallions created to honor private citizens who have made a difference in the lives of people in America. The medallions will be placed at the one-mile memorial path adjacent to the White House and U.S. Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. The Pathway’s first medallion is in honor of Goodwill’s founder, Edgar J. Helms. Other honorees include Clara Barton, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Susan B. Anthony.
Goodwill Receives Perfect Marks on DOT Inspection
In an effort to provide more jobs for individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment Goodwill Services Big Bend, Inc., GW Services, negotiates on work contracts through RESPECT OF FLORIDA. One such contract awarded by RESPECT OF FLORIDA in January 2010 is for Roadside Litter Clean Up in Bay and Calhoun Counties for the Department of Transportation. Recently the Florida Department of Transportation released their 2010 grade for the Roadside Litter Crew of GW Services and the crew scored a perfect 100%. The DOT does inspections daily and the 100% mark comes from the total of contracts completed which is 12 full cycles. The crew is charged with cleaning up road side litter along the highways of Bay and Calhoun Counties in Florida assuring that Florida’s highways are clean and beautiful.
Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. honored by The Jim Moran Institute as “Exceptional Success Story”
Goodwill and its president and CEO, Fred Shelfer, have been honored by The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business at Florida State University for their service to the community. The “Exceptional Success Story” of Goodwill Industries- Big Bend, Inc. includes job training, education and employment to people who have disabilities or other barriers to employment, helping them reach their fullest potential in supporting themselves and their families. Mr. Shelfer was honored for using skills and knowledge gained as a developer to create and implement a clear plan for revenue generation that led to expansion of services and opportunities to the community, including a program to subsidize housing for people with disabilities.